Ipswich events


Natural history sessions, teen courses, young wardens and family sessions


Closer to nature in Ipswich

Closer to nature is a unique opportunity for young people to learn natural history skills in Ipswich’s historic parks and green spaces.

The children really enjoy their trips to see you and they have learned so much from the practical activities - Angela Kingsnorth, KS2 teacher, Morland Primary

Nowhere in the world has such a strong tradition of 'citizen science' as Britain. This tradition of amateur naturalists has added hugely to our knowledge and understanding of Suffolk's natural heritage and has directed the Trust's conservation efforts to safeguard sites and species.

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and local benefactors we are now able to offer young people the chance to gain an insight into the skills and science of natural history, by exploring some of Ipswich’s wild spaces with a skilled education naturalist.

Students will be working and thinking scientifically, developing survey and sampling techniques, identifying and classifying, and extending their natural history knowledge. All the sessions will cover aspects of the science national curriculum and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Topics can include habitats, plants and trees, invertebrates, mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, evolution and adaptation, phenology, and conservation.

Alongside the school sessions, there are out-of-school opportunities for young people to further their skills with expert-led natural history courses for 11-16 year olds, young warden sessions (practical conservation) for 11-16 year olds. Children of all ages can also get involved through our family events.

If you would like to find out more please contact Lucy Shepherd, Education Ranger Ipswich on 01473 890089 or fill out our school visit enquiry form.